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Betting Either Texas Tech Or Purdue Has Been A Scary Proposition

Keenan Evans of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrates with teammates during the 2018 NCAA Tournament

Maybe the most unpredictable game of the Sweet 16 also happens to be the final contest of the round, as Texas Tech and Purdue clash on Friday night. Bettors have had a lot of anxiety backing either one of those programs with the Red Raiders going 1-7-1 ATS in their nine while the Boilermakers are 2-12-1 ATS in their last 15.

  • Purdue is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games against teams with winning records.
  • Texas Tech is 8-2 SU and 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games against the Big Ten.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue’s last 5 games with an average combined score of 143.4 ppg.

Texas Tech has gotten this far in the tournament thanks to its defense and Keenan Evans – which has basically been the recipe for success all season long. The Red Raiders have held Stephen F. Austin and Florida to an average of 63 points on 39 percent shooting. Those two contests have also seen Evans average 22.5 points while shooting 58.3 percent. However, if either one of those two things falters, then TTU is in a bad way – just see how Texas Tech fared when Evans was injured.

Though Purdue is not the same team without Isaac Haas in the lineup, freshman center Matt Haarms has the size to be a force on defense. The issue is Haarms’ relative lack of offensive ability, which has caused a bit of a vacuum since Purdue has been without Haas due to an elbow injury. Carsen Edwards felt the pressure to carry the offense against Butler, which led to the sophomore shooting just 4-for-17 overall and 3-for-10 from deep. Getting back to their inside-out style of offense will be key to the Boilermakers becoming more efficient.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Purdue Boilermakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Purdue Boilermakers currently sport a 30-6 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 17-18-1 ATS. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 26-9 and 15-17-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Boilermakers produce a 19-17 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Red Raiders have gone 15-18 against the totals betting line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at OddsShark, it's the No. 16-ranked Boilermakers and the No. 93-rated Red Raiders in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Purdue's No. 31 nationally ranked offense (80.81 points per game) against a Texas Tech defense that sits as the No. 14 at 64.6 PPG. The Boilermakers have been averaging 49.39% from the field, more than the Red Raiders have managed so far this season (46.36% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Red Raiders got 22 points from Keenan Evans as Texas Tech got past Florida 69-66 on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

The Boilermakers got 20 points from Vince Edwards as Purdue edged Butler 76-73 on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.